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When to Avoid and when to Collaborate with Unions?

Unionization is on the decline and are slowly engaged less and less in the market. The era of heavily unionized environments is all but over and is on life support. Despite their weakened state some unions are pushing back for market share in the unionization process. The strategies companies will take are partially dependent on the health of the firm.  Strategies of union avoidance, collaboration and mixed approaches is often based on the strength of the firm (Cooke & Meyer, 1990). Union avoidance occurs in poor market conditions while collaboration occurs when companies have high profit margins and already have a portion of their plants already unionized.  It is also possible that  company could opt for a mixed strategy. When a company has a lot of plants, high capital investment and labor intensive skills they are likely to use multiple approaches. At times one plant might adopt unionization while another avoids its completely. Unionization was once a major part of cor

How to Save Money in San Diego-Ranked the Worst City for Wealth Building

The article in The San Diego U-T by Phillip Molnar outlined why San Diego is one of the worst cities to save money.  You can take a good look at the list on Bank Rates site . With housing prices almost 7.5 times the amount of income it has become a prohibitive place to live except for those with the highest incomes. There are a few things people can do to help themselves. If your already rich San Diego may seem a little like Dubai. It has posh beach front areas to live and lots of fun activity. If you make an average income the housing prices may be stifling your opportunities to generate income for the future. The business community will need to come to grips with income costs in the area to attract top talent. If you are already here then you might want to consider saving money and finding a balance between your income and expenditures. Households have a hard time living within a budget. By budgeting housing, food, entertainment, and savings you will help create a more secure f

2016 International Conference on Business and Information

2016 International Conference on Business and Information (BAI2016) 3rd to 5th July 2016 Nagoya, Japan The 2016 International Conference on Business and Information (BAI2016) is to be held at the Nagoya Congress Center, Nagoya, JAPAN, on July 03-05, 2016 . The aim of this conference is to provide a platform which focuses on certain important topics of business and information. Detailed information about the conference can be found on the official website. We sincerely invite your participation for this event. Submitted papers will be subject to a double-blind review process. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISSN reference, on CD-ROM support. Conference Website: http://ibac-conference.org/ bai/ Online Submission: http://175.99.76.113/BAI/ Enquiries: bai.conference@gmail.com Sincerely yours, Conference Chair Wenchang Fang National Taipei University, Taiwan

The Economic Influence of Social Information Networks in Decision Making

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Our social networks influence how we perceive information and the economic decisions we make. As new information comes forth it naturally changes the market by changing our awareness and economic assumptions. Judgements are not as individualized as we once thought they were. We are social creatures and much of what we believe and do comes from our social networks. Information influences our beliefs, our behaviors, and patterns of economic behavior. As information is obtained through our social networks we make decisions on that information by cross checking with others.Our decisions and opinions are only partly ours and instead rely heavily on others. Entire cities and countries will create opinions that lead to cultural behavioral patterns that influence economic outputs. Many of these decisions rely on the non verbal communication patterns we engage in with others. Facial expressions, comment, and actions help us decipher the codes and languages that bind a culture together and d

Managing in a Bubble-Perceptions of Employee Performance

Performance appraisals are social in nature. It is hard to believe but it is true. People use performance appraisals to determine how they are doing in the organization. A strong performer who receives a low appraisal will be upset and a low performer who receives an excellent appraisal will happy based upon some perceived norm. The performance appraisals validity is based on how well it matches actual performance. That norm comes to define an average amount of effort. Average effort relates to an average performance appraisal while  lots of effort equates to a better performance appraisal. The same can be said of low performance and a low appraisal. The more comparative to socially approved standards, the more likely people trust the validity of the appraisal. The perceived fairness is based on distributive justice (Taneja, Srivastaya & Ryichandran, 2015). The employee asks the question, "Does my work justify the appraisal?" If an employee puts in a lot of work but r

10 Skills Employers Seek from College Grads

Business seek qualified candidates that come with important skills that help them fulfill their job functions.  Employers sought skills like technology, planning, and social ability according to the N ational Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) . 1. Teamwork. 2. Make Decisions and Problem Solve. 3. Communicate Well. 4. Plan, Organize, Prioritize. 5. Obtain and Process Information 6. Analyze Quantitative Data. 7. Technology 8. Computer Software Use. 9. Create and Edit Reports. 10. Sell ideas and Influence Others. It is important for people to develop the proper skills that lead to greater employment opportunities. Skills can be gained through formal education, personal study, job experience and training. Employers are seeking candidates that graduate ready to compete without having to spend on additional on training. 

The Traits I Look for in a Manager?

Managers have an important role in an organization. As matter of fact, without managers, all of the pieces might not come together to a cohesive conclusion. Managers are so important than they influence everything around them. The traits I look for in a manger are experience, social, reflective, analytic, and creative abilities. Experience: It is hard for managers to give solid advice and make business decisions unless they have some experience with the fields they are working with. Some management experience can be applied in multiple fields. Social: Social and emotional intelligence is important if we want managers to influence and motivate people. It is a skill that helps people understand how to relate and deal with other people. It takes time to learn how to effectively work within a network. Reflective: This is a meta-cognition skill that develops over a lifetime.  Managers that can reflect on their decisions and behavior become stronger. The highest developed managers c

Fourth 21st Century Academic Forum Conference at Harvard

Tired of attending the same old conference? Why not join us March 20-22, 2016 for the Fourth 21st Century Academic Forum Conference at Harvard? The primary aim of the conference is to encourage and facilitate research initiatives that address the most pressing issues facing 21st century citizens. This truly interdisciplinary conference is driven by the theme “Impactful Research for Better Lives.” We genuinely hope that conference participants embrace Gandhi's challenge to "shake the world" by harnessing the power of research, experience, and collaboration to present evidence-based solutions to real-world problems. Of course, real-world problems are complex and rarely fall within the tidy boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. As such, 21st Century Academic Forum conferences are not structured around narrowly defined topic tracks but are organized around six issues areas facing 21st century citizens. ISSUE AREAS * Education & Workforce Development

The Fastest Way to Create Chaos in Labor Relations

Employees willingly sign up to be part of an organization and then diligently work on fulfilling their roles. Employers are sometimes unaware of how their decisions impact their workers and damage the unwritten employment contracts that all business interaction relies on. The fastest way to create chaos is through managing a business with unprofessional standard while acting with integrity does the opposite and in turn raises performance. There is a right and a wrong way to make decisions.  Employees want to succeed and expect to be treated with dignity and respect. Promotions should be based on their merit and not the personal whims of the manager. Having actual criteria in place and ensuring fairness in a selection process in important for creating the best work environments. Solid labor relations is about creating mechanisms, policies, procedures, and professional standards that guide a company on a macro scale. Individual managers may play havoc and cause damage to those standa

Martial Arts, Business, and Confidence

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Martial arts is an ancient practice that teaches one self-defense skills. It also teaches a person about confidence and how to hold and carry their body. That all makes a lot of sense but what does that have to do with business? Business is about how you hold yourself, maintain a conversation and tackle issues. Life isn't easy and it isn't always fair. The chips are often stacked against you but you will need to fight through it as much as possible. Martial arts gives the confidence someone needs to deal with all of the issues and needs of other people. Much of what we consider "business" is social by nature and it is important for business professionals to learn how to deal with others. Body language becomes a "tip off" to show others how to act and react to you. Confident body language will prompt people to act and approach you in a certain way. Confidence encourages people to respect your opinion. Like other sports, martial arts gives a creati

International Journal of Engineering Sciences and Management Research

The  " INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING SCIENCES AND MANAGEMENT RESEARCH  ”  is a pre-reviewed, monthly, online international research journal, which publishes original articles, research articles, review articles with top-level work from all areas of Engineering Research and their application including Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Chemical, Electronics, Mathematics and Geological etc. Researchers in all technology and engineering fields are encouraged to contribute articles based on recent research. Journal publishes research articles and reviews within the whole field of Engineering Research, and it will continue to provide information on the latest trends and developments in   this ever-expanding subject. Apart from Engineering it also covers the area of Management including Marketing, Finance, Operations, and Accountancy etc. To maintain a high-quality journal, manuscripts that appear in the IJESMR have been subjected to a rigorous review process. This includes b